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#1 User is offline   Jim Wilson 

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 10:59 AM

Wildwood Guitars, in Colorado, is showing some blond-top 45's with maple back & sides. Have any of you folks played one of these? If so, what did your think of them?
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#2 User is offline   zombywoof 

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 12:09 PM

I think a J-50 by any other name. Hey it is their company so I guess they can call their guitars anything they want.
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#3 User is offline   Jim Wilson 

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 12:39 PM

I'm sorry they didn't name it to suit some folks. Really I am!!! But what I most want to know is what people think they sound like.
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#4 User is offline   62burst 

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 01:25 PM


Greg K’s demo gives a good idea of the maple J-45 sound (supposing that the crispness could be brought down a little if desired, by using an old set of, say, DR Sunbeams, for example):


Apparently, Greg hasn’t switched over to the de-caf yet.

The J-45 maple that I’ve got would probably not give the best first-hand impression of what the modern ones sound like, as those made in the ’40’s were most likely laminated, but I had a chance to play a contemporary one in a shop- liked it a lot, and as it had been there for a while, was at a very tempting price. I still think a modern maple J-45 would make for an interesting comparison.

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 03:43 PM

Maple slopes are amazing things. I've loved every Maple AJ and J45 I've played.
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Posted 12 August 2017 - 05:22 PM

I like the sound. I think it would look better with a burst finish though.
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Posted 12 August 2017 - 05:33 PM

If you really want to hear the maple, you gotta let the strings fade.
The older steel the more syrup will come forward.
And it'll loose the brittle edge burst talks about.
First then will we be able to actually judge how this wood sits in the mix.
I predict it'll be fat, slightly mushy, but warm. It'll work like effective, not particularly distinct, mortar down in the music.
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Posted 13 August 2017 - 05:48 AM

I think it'll sound like the love child of an SJ200 and a Dove.
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Posted 13 August 2017 - 09:43 AM

 E-minor7, on 12 August 2017 - 05:33 PM, said:

If you really want to hear the maple, you gotta let the strings fade.
The older steel the more syrup will come forward.
And it'll loose the brittle edge burst talks about.
First then will we be able to actually judge how this wood sits in the mix.
I predict it'll be fat, slightly mushy, but warm. It'll work like effective, not particularly distinct, mortar down in the music.


This is truth...my Dove has strings over a year old on it. They've played several live shows, a couple of festivals and have made an album, and they're knee-deep in the nectar zone.
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Posted 13 August 2017 - 10:05 AM

 Jinder, on 13 August 2017 - 09:43 AM, said:

This is truth...my Dove has strings over a year old on it. They've played several live shows, a couple of festivals and have made an album, and they're knee-deep in the nectar zone.

Me too ... Love maple ,spruce + okd strings!








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Posted 14 August 2017 - 06:09 AM

I like Maple Surple.....
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Posted 14 August 2017 - 10:49 AM

I think Maple has such a distinctly different crisp sound in any model. Even more so in something like a J45 vs something larger.

Greg is amazing. Look at his forearm extensors when he is finger picking. Looks like fasciculations (but we know they aren't cause he is in complete control).
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